High-protein, low-carb, antioxidant-rich vegan protein, from sustainable, rainforest-friendly, fair-trade organic Brazil nuts
When you're looking to add protein to your diet, you want the best. Essential Living Foods' Organic Brazil Nut Protein Powder is a complete protein - containing all 8 essential amino acids — and with 2,500 times more selenium than any other nut, the equivalent of just three Brazil Nuts meet your daily requirement for this vital antioxidant mineral!
Plus, they're a delicious way to preserve the rainforest. Wildcrafted in the Amazon, these nuts are harvested by indigenous people in a program that protects precious rainforest and creates a legacy of sustainable agroforestry.
Carefully shelled and processed for maximum purity, they are packed with magnesium and heart-healthy fats. More than health food — they're Essential Living Food.
- Complete protein, all 8 essential amino acids
- Rich in fiber
- Low in carbs
- Very low in fat
The rainforest that spans the Amazonian intersection of Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil contain the world's most biologically diverse ecosystem, including the greatest known species densities of birds and butterflies. A single square kilometer supports twice as many butterfly species as the entire United States, and more than 10 % of the world total!
This rainforest is also incredibly rich in Brazil nuts, which cannot be grown anywhere else beecause their pollination and seed cycles relies on unique insects and animals.
This ecosystem is a resource base of profound significance to global biodiversity. Either it can be protected and sustainably utilized, or it can be exploited and wiped out in a few generations. Because thousands of families in the region get more than half their income from wild-harvesting Brazil nuts, the government has stepped in to prese these natural areas from unsustainable extractive industries like logging, ranching, and oil exploration.
Because the harvesters have been trained in sustainable forestry management, they know how to work together to ensure that the nuts are not over-harvested, which could lead to either wiping out the trees depleting the ecosystem.
The harvesters are paid a fair price for their skilled, sustainable collection and value-added processing work. Our harvesters have been certified organic since 2000. They gather the large pods and crack those open with machetes, revealing handfuls of tough-shelled Brazil nuts inside. The pods are composted, while the in-shell nuts are quickly shade-dried to avoid mold.
Then they are bagged and brought on canoes and boats to a processing facility close to the source.
Processed to purity
First they are inspected for mold, then quickly dried at 131 C before undergoing a moisture test. Then the nuts (still in their shells) are steamed at 40 psi for 10 seconds to clean and sterilize the outer layers. Then the nuts are shelled and graded. Only the best quality nuts are allowed to proceed.
To prevent oxidation of the nuts, only whole nuts are destined for direct consumption. Nuts that break during the shelling process are separated for use in oil making.
At this point, the nuts are dried a final time, before undergoing thorough chemical testing for aflatoxins. Then they are vacuum packed and shipped to a more complete processing facility in Lima. There, the nuts are weighed, moisture tested (again), and sorted (again) to divert broken nuts for oil production. All nuts undergo a final steam decontamination (48 seconds at 177 C) before cooling and final testing for microbes and aflatoxins.
The next best thing to RAW
Even though all Brazil nuts are wild harvested if they are NOT organic certified that means they are treated with toxic chemicals to prevent rot. Our Brazil nuts are certified organic AND kosher, so instead of using chemicals, they undergo a rigorous process of inspection, steam-cleaning, and drying.
Every Product has an origin
and an impact
You stand at the finish line of an amazing journey with a miraculous beginning: Soil, Water, Sunshine...and Seed. With care and craftsmanship, Life unfolds, blossoms, and thrives. No chemicals needed. Just skill, hard work, and love for the land.
Every point on this map is a place that you touch. A farm. A community. An economy. An ecosystem.
These are the origins. You are the source.